APPT Sydney: Setting sail for the final table

There’s a slight north-easterly breeze blowing down Sydney Harbour, and the weekend warriors have set the spinnakers for Saturday morning’s yacht races. It’s warm, the sun is shining and the cafes and restaurants along Darling Harbour are packed. Where would you rather be?

The poker room at Star City, of course, for day 3 of the PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final. After last night’s thrilling bubble period, which ended with the unfortunate David Sanis finishing in 49th finish. The remaining 48 players are guaranteed a payout of AUD $8400. In total, 10 PokerStars qualifiers remain in contention.

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We're on the home stretch to the final table

Dealers have just been told to load their shoes: a story in itself. Instead of dealing the cards by hand, the dealers use what can best be described as cutdown version of a blackjack shoe, which was conceived by two Star City staff members.

The dealer slides the card to the player and virtually eliminates the possibility of a card being exposed. Another unique feature of poker here at Star City is the placement of the burn card (on the turn and river) directly under the face-up car, while the turn and river cards are dealt with what is commonly known as the “Star City snap”.

Play is underway, with a few minutes remaining in level 16 (3000/6000 with a 500 ante). We’ll be playing down to the last nine players tonight. In total, 10 PokerStars qualifiers remain in contention.

The top 10 chip counts are:

Frank Saffioti (Australia) 619,000
Jamie Pickering (Australia) 572,500
Brendon Edmonds (Australia) 517,500
Daniel Kowalski (UK) PokerStars Qualifier, 447,000
Timothy English (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier, 415,500
Raymond Lapitan (Australia) 415,500
Marlon Goonawardana (Australia) 404,000
Antonio Fazzolari (Australia) 366,000
Wang Che Jung (New Zealand) 359,500
Stewart Davidson (Australia) 347,500

Seat draw, day 3

Table 7

John Mendel (Australia) 74,000
Robert Bechara (Australia) 42,000
Mamouni Smain (France) 269,000
Anthony Rafter (Ireland) 105,000
Jamie Pickering (Australia) 572,500
George Kassis (Australia) 205,000
David Kim (Australia) 41,000
Phillip Willcocks (NZ) 343,000

Table 9

Jason Pritchard (Australia) 157,000
Jason Gray (Australia) 308,500
Frank Bianco (Australia) 58,000
Roel Pijpers (Netherlands) 28,000
Graeme Putt (Australia) 29,500
Brendon Edmonds (Australia) 517,500
Christopher Lee (Australia) 171,000
Scott Smith (Australia) 201,500

Table 10

Michele Guzzardi (Australia) 142,000
Shane Dye (Australia) 139,500
Tony Basile (Canada) 343,500
Timothy English (Australia) 415,500
Wang Che Jung (NZ) 359,500
Michael Fraser (Australia) 69,000
Marlon Goonawardana (Australia) 404,000
Sam Capra (Australia) 82,000

Table 15

Frank Saffioti (Australia) 619,000
Stewart Davidson (Australia) 347,500
David Lee (Australia) 21,500
Tom Rafferty (Australia) 293,000
Bassam Habib (Australia) 192,500
Raymond Lapitan (Australia) 415,500
Mark Deutsch (Australia) 103,000
Daniel Kowalski (UK) 447,000

Table 16

Valerie Gigliotti (Australia) 32,500
Daniel Hameiri (Australia) 166,000
Minh Hau Nguyen (Australia) 69,500
Zhi Ma (Australia) 36,500
David Gorr (Australia) 133,000
Thomas McLaughlin (USA) 87,000
Ray Sukkar (Australia) 131,000
Eric Assadourian (Australia) 98,000

Table 18

Michael Harrington (Australia) 115,500
Hai Bo Chu (Australia) 66,000
Jimmy Wong (Australia) 112,500
Antonio Fazzolari (Australia) 366,000
Lisa Delellis (Australia) 103,000
Travers Nicholas (Australia) 123,500
George Lind (USA) 113,000
Martin Rowe (Australia) 129,500

Today's structure

Level 15: 2000/4000 (500 ante)
Level 16: 3000/6000 (500 ante)
Level 17: 4000/8000 (500 ante)
Level 18: 5000/10,000 (1000 ante)
Level 19: 6000/12,000 (1000 ante)
Level 20: 8000/16,000 (2000 ante)
Level 21: 10,000/20,000 (3000 ante)
Level 22: 12,000/24,000 (4000 ante)
Level 23: 15,000/30,000 (5000 ante)
Level 24: 20,000/40,000 (5000 ante)
Level 25: 30,000/60,000 (5000 ante)
Level 26: 40,000/80,000 (5000 ante)
Level 27: 50,000/100,000 (10,000 ante)
Level 28: 60,000/120,000 (15,000 ante)
Level 29: 80,000/160,000 (20,000 ante)
Level 30: 100,000/200,000 (30,000 ante)


Watch APPT Sydney S2: Day 3 Intro on PokerStars.tv